The race is not set by us (8 April 2020)

I must confess I find it hard to understand why we are allowed to go for walks and runs, keeping a 2 m distance, but we cannot meet to pray with the same options. In NZ there is a climate of dobbing in starting noting whoever ‘breaks the rules’ as defined and refined every day. The reason the PM gave for not allowing weddings and funerals “outside of your bubble” is that people will touch each other, and that she does not want further infections.

But she is a socailist, and therefore a materialist. She cares not for souls.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s opposition party, has called for churches to be open at Easter, insisting people should be able to care for their spiritual health as they care for their bodies.

“I can’t wait for science — and also the good God, because science alone is not enough — to defeat this monster so we can go out again,” Mr. Salvini said on national television. “Easter is coming and we also need the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“I support the requests of those who ask to attend Easter Mass, in an orderly, composed, and safe way, maybe even in groups of three, four, or five,” Salvini said. “You can go to the tobacconist because people can’t get along without cigarettes, but for many the care of the soul is just as fundamental as the care of the body.”

“I hope that we will find a way for believers to go to church,” he said. “An appeal has been sent to the bishops to permit the faithful to enter church as they are permitted to go to the supermarket, respecting the distances, with masks and gloves, and in limited numbers.”

“Easter, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, can be a moment of hope to live for millions of Italians,” Salvini said.

We can always expect betrayal… from someone. It may be that we win some battles, but the winning will be memory holed by this elite, who want nothing more than their narrative to prevail. All temptations are common to men, and the fear of betrayal, akin to the fear of poverty, remains.

For this world works on fear. Christ, instead worked on love.

John 13:21-32

21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.” 22 The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. 23 There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter *gestured to him, and *said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, *said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus then *answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.

31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32 if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.

Christ was set a course that led to the cross. God foreordained this, as he also chose us to complete good works put before us. Christ is our example: as he went through the course of his life despite the pain so should we.

Hebrews 12:1-3

12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Remember that those who are in agreement with this spirit of fear, of condescension, of control and virtue signalling that seems so apparent like you entrapped in your sin. You are ineffective then. It is when you are effective that their demons hate you. So run the race before you, and let the demons take the shame they pile on you. For the measure they use will indeed be returned to them.

And this converged elite? Do not be them. Do not be like them.

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1 year ago

I can imagine a logic that prolonged contact with people outside one’s household even at 2 metres distance, such as a prayer meeting, can be dangerous, more so than incidental contact such as passing a fellow runner.

But something being logical doesn’t make it true. The best it means is that it’s not self-evidently false.

Keep the faith. We will continue to pray and to worship. And we act out of love for our neighbours, not fear of this or any Government.

1 year ago

I must confess I find it hard to understand why we are allowed to go for walks and runs, keeping a 2 m distance, but we cannot meet to pray with the same options.

That’s the $1,000,000 question isn’t it? Of course, you already answered it:

But she is a socialist, and therefore a materialist. She cares not for souls.

Good thoughts, Chris.